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Jim Thompson, Broadcasters Foundation of America President, Dies

Jim Thompson is survived by his wife Cindy and his five children, seven grand children, and his brothers John and Thomas.

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Longtime Broadcasters Foundation of America president Jim Thompson has died. The 75-year-old passed away Sunday after a nearly yearlong battle with throat cancer.

“I am very proud to have known Jim for nearly 40 years as a colleague and a friend,” said Scott Herman, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “Jim believed deeply in helping others and his passion and enthusiasm for life always lit up a room. Broadcasting has lost a great man, who always saw the positive in every person and every situation. He will be sorely missed.”

“When the Board of Directors was searching for a President, Jim’s reputation as a leader combined with his compassion for others and his ability to rally people together made him the perfect choice,” added Phil Lombardo, Chairman Emeritus of the Broadcasters Foundation. “His accomplishments over the past 13 years helped the many TV and Radio professionals who found themselves in unthinkable circumstances and in need of aid. Our sincere sympathies go out to his family.”

Thompson is survived by his wife Cindy and his five children, seven grandchildren, and his brothers John and Thomas.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to The Jim Thompson Memorial Fund which the foundation has created to honor their former president.

The Broadcasters Foundation of America provides financial aid to broadcasters who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen tragedy.

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SiriusXM Moves Into Top Podcast Network Spot Ahead of Spotify

SiriusXM Media came in first place in Q3, reclaiming the top spot from Spotify for the Top Podcast Network in the United States.

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2022 is coming to an end, which means there will be various lists summing up different data for the year, and one of those is Top Podcast Networks in the U.S. for total network reach in Q3 2022. 

SiriusXM Media came in first place in Q3, reclaiming the top spot from Spotify (h/t Radio Online), with iHeartRadio, AudioBoom, and NPR rounding out the top five podcast networks.

SiriusXM and Spotify are neck and neck, vying for the top spot. However, the two are well ahead of third place iHeartRadio, comfortably ahead of the fourth spot on the chart, Audioboom. 

The list classifies the most listened-to podcast networks established on total audience reach from Edison Podcast Metrics.

From a news media perspective, The New York Times finished in the top six; The Blaze Network finished in the top 25. Meanwhile, The Ramsey Network rounds out the Top 30 podcast networks in Q3. 

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Dave Ramsey Welcomes Jade Warshaw as New Personality

There will be a new voice that listeners will hear on “The Ramsey Show” as the show’s host, Dave Ramsey, welcomes Jade Warshaw.

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There will be a new voice that listeners will hear on “The Ramsey Show” as the show’s host, Dave Ramsey, welcomes Jade Warshaw, who joins the program as a personality. 

“I’m excited to announce @JadeWarshaw as a BRAND NEW Ramsey Personality!” Ramsey said on Twitter Tuesday. 

“You will be seeing a lot more of her in the coming weeks. Tune into The Ramsey Show [Tuesday] to hear more about Jade and her story. Welcome to the crew, Jade!!”

Ramsey adding a new personality comes on the heels of the radio host telling stations they must know how to sell and to whom in an inflationary economy.

“Every budget that everybody that’s possibly going to buy an ad from any of us is getting tighter and tighter,” Ramsey said (h/t Inside Radio). “They’re looking for anything that is superfluous, anything that is extra, any fat, anything that’s not ROI-ing.”

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Erick Erickson: Ron DeSantis Built Conservative News Network Around Him

Erickson also accused the media of grouping every Republican, including DeSantis, into the category of insurrectionist. 

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Atlanta-based syndicated radio host Erick Erickson said Tuesday that the mainstream media is out to get Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Erickson also accused the media of grouping every Republican, including DeSantis, into the category of insurrectionist. 

“As a result, the mainstream media has decided to target every Republican and accuse them of being a January 6th style, election-denying candidate willing to upend democracy,” Erickson stated.

Erickson referenced a New York Magazine article written by Jonathan Chait questioning whether DeSantis is the future of Trumpism. 

“It doesn’t really work so well,” Erickson said about the article. “The public sees through this kind of stuff. The media essentially saw why the Republicans lost and now want to extrapolate that and apply it to every other Republican to help them lose.” 

Erickson said DeSantis is not taking the media’s bait and it’s working in his favor, unlike former President Donald Trump who continues to lash out on TRUTH Social which is what the mainstream media wants. 

“Trump is just an old man trying not to be forgotten,” Erickson said. 

“This is what is going to happen over the next two years,” he added. “Every time Trump has an outburst, reporters will rush to get every Republican on the record. DeSantis isn’t interviewing with these people so he can’t be put on the spot.” 

Erickson said DeSantis has cultivated a conservative news network around him and he’s not paying any attention to the left-leaning outlets that don’t provide favorable coverage of him. 

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